Caroline Rochford works for Heir Line as a designer and family historian. Her first book, “Great Victorian Inventions”, was published by the history publishers, Amberley, in summer 2014. It received praise and attention from a number of local and national newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Mail, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Express, The Yorkshire Post and the Good Book Guide. Books Monthly even described it as being “one of Amberley’s best titles to date!” Her follow-up, “Great Victorian Discoveries”, was published in April 2015, and has been featured in The Daily Express.
Following the publication of these books, she was approached by the Yorkshire publishers Pen & Sword and invited to write some popular history titles for them.
"In a Guardsman's Boots", the thrilling true tale of a young boy from 20th century Ireland, was released in April 2016, and her nautical project, "Forgotten Songs and Stories of the Sea", was published in November 2016, just in time for Christmas. It was declared "book of the month" in March 2017 by Sea Breezes magazine, which also listed it as one of their top 10 maritime books of 2017.
Caroline is currently working on an exciting new series of history books, based on her historical discoveries. She is represented by Rebecca Winfield, a London-based literary agent at David Luxton Associates. Keep checking back for updates!
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Michael and Caroline Rochford are a young, enthusiastic and highly skilled team with exceptional IT skills, allowing them to find and interpret a wide range of records quickly and easily. With access to millions of genealogical records from across the globe, they have tracked down countless individuals and knocked down hundreds of annoying “brick walls” that had cropped up in their clients’ research.
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Michael J. Rochford, Heir Line's genealogist, regularly writes articles for the genealogy press, including Discover Your Ancestors and Family Tree magazine. He loves sharing stories he’s uncovered about the remarkable lives his clients’ ancestors led, as well as helping to solve readers’ problems with their own research.
Early in 2015 he was commissioned by the history publishers, Pen & Sword, to write a non-fiction history book about his home city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, a place steeped in industrial history. "Wakefield Then and Now: Extraordinary Tales from the Merrie City", featuring spellbinding photographs and illustrations, was released in September 2016.
His second book, about the history and forgotten stories (not to mention scandals) of Nostell Priory, in West Yorkshire, is due for release in summer 2018, and a follow-up title is to be published in 2019. Both have been commissioned by Pen & Sword.
On the fiction side, Michael has signed a deal with a London-based literary agency, A for Authors, who will be representing his first historical novel. The book is set soon after European settlers began making Western Australia their home. Based on a true story that Michael unravelled using his meticulous research skills, this incredibly moving tale of adventure and discovery spans four generations, three centuries, two continents, and explores what happens when opposing cultures collide.
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